City Council Approves PILOT For M&M Industries Plant Despite Highland Park Opposition

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The City Council on Tuesday night approved a PILOT tax abatement for M&M Industries for a new manufacturing operation in Highland Park despite some opposition from neighbors.

A delegation from Highland Park asked for a deferral, saying there were unanswered questions about the effect of the plant on the community.

However, Councilman Anthony Byrd moved for approval, saying he had talked to several people who were interested in the 110 jobs the plant will offer.

Darryl Davis, M&M CEO, said it is an odorless, very safe operation.

He said the plant at Holtzclaw and E. 14th would be served by rail, but only one shipment per week. He said the facility would work with the community on the best time for it to arrive each week.

The old Belt Line Railroad, used mainly by the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, goes nearby.

Mr. Davis said the plant starts out workers at $11 per hour, but they soon move to $12 and have opportunities for advancement.

It will be an injection plastic mold facility - similar to one already in operation in Lookout Valley.

The company plans to hold an open house and job fair.



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